Obituaries for Feb. 13 edition
Gilbert A. Anders, 86, of Gurley, Ala., died Monday (Feb. 4, 2013) at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab in Huntsville, Ala. He was born Oct. 8, 1926 in Gurley, the son of the late W.H. “Waddie” and Flossie (Anderson) Anders. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of Korea. Mr. Anders was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Anders; brothers, H.L. “Bill” and Robert Anders; sisters, Mary Alice Swing and Gladys Mae Young; and son, Allen Whitworth. Surviving are sons, Roy Whitworth of Gurley, Roger Whitworth of Park City and Johnny Whitworth of Fayetteville; brother, W.H. “Buddy” Anders; sister, Lillie Belle Carter; eight nieces and eight nephews. A graveside service was held Thursday afternoon at Walnut Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Chris Haynes officiating. The family received friends Wednesday at the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John M. Edwards, 90, of Fayetteville, died Friday (Feb. 1, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. A native of Madison County, Ala., Mr. Edwards was the son of the late Virgil and Fronie Mae McElyea Edwards. He was a former machine operator for Giles and Kendall Cedar Mill. Survivors include three sons, Johnny Edwards and wife, Judy, of Elora, Harvey Edwards and wife, Judy Kay Edwards, of Flintville, Ken Edwards and wife, Judi, of Port Orchard, Wash.; one daughter, Robbie Whitfield and husband, Waylon, of the Crystal Springs Community; grandchildren, Dee Dee Neal, Matthew Edwards, Mandy Clark, Amy Borst, Erik Borst, Melissa Shaw, Tabitha Lane, Ashley Whitfield; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. David Baker officiating. Burial followed in Bostick Cemetery beside his wife, Sylvia Edwards, who passed away in 1998. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Brenda Cheryl Goode, 65, of Fayetteville, died Saturday morning (Feb. 9, 2013) in the Fayetteville Care and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Lincoln County, Ms. Goode was the daughter of the late James Nelson and Stacie Swinford Goode. She worked in the cutting department at Serbin and in later years worked at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. Survivors include her brother, Paul (Onis) Goode of Fayetteville; special friends, Wilburn Shelton, Freeda Abel; and several nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Jerry and Melvin Goode. Graveside services were conducted Sunday afternoon at Kirkland Cemetery with Bro. Don Russell officiating. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Joseph M. Isom died Monday (Feb. 4, 2013). A native of Taft in Lincoln County, Mr. Isom was born Jan. 29, 1923, the son of the late Athol Isom and Mildred Commons Isom. A graduate of Blanche High School, Lincoln County, he was a Georgia resident since 1961, in Newton County since 1978. With two sons he started a family business, Metro Ice Corporation, from which he retired in 2001. His previous employment was Vice President of Operations, Atlanta/Southeast, for a mortgage and finance company, LLC Corporation of St. Louis, Mo. The company transferred him to Atlanta from Detroit, Mich., in 1961, and in 1976, he retired to enter business for himself. Mr. Isom was a WWII veteran, serving as a staff sergeant in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations for 22 months as a supply sergeant responsible for feeding both American and Chinese troops who were building and fighting on the Ledo Road. He was also a member of the Rohna Memorial Association. The Rohna was a British troop ship traveling in Convoy KMF-26 when it was sunk on Nov. 26, 1943 in the Mediterranean Ocean by the first radio-controlled German Bomb of WWII. 1,015 GIs lost their lives. He witnessed this disaster from aboard the sister ship, Banfora. He received an Honorable Discharge with a Bronze Star in January, 1946. A longtime member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford, he served as chairman of the Missions Committee and was a member of the Pastor-Parrish Committee and the Uncle Nath Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Isom; son, David Isom; granddaughter, Dr. Amanda Layne Isom; and parents, Athol F. and Mildred (Commons) Isom. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John W. and Donna Isom of Conyers, Thomas A. and Rose Anne Isom of Boca Raton, Fla., Nancy Isom of Ellijay; grandchildren, Meagan and Kevin Babb, Alissa Isom, Matthew and Ali Isom, Thomas Isom, II; great-grandsons, Keven Cooper Babb, Hudson Joseph Babb, Griffin Babb; and nephew, A.J. Isom. A memorial service for Mr. Isom was held Thursday afternoon at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Max Vincent officiating. A private family interment took place Friday in the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 5193 Washington St. SW, Covington, GA 30014. Visit www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences. Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Christopher Dale Keller, 34, of Elora, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 6, 1978 in Lincoln County to Lorrey Dale and Catherine Jones Keller. Mr. Keller was a carpenter. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Billy D. Jones, Ollie B. and Annie Mae Farmer Keller; aunt, Sharon Keller Barnes; and cousin, Matthew Douglas Jones. He is survived by his parents, Lorrey Dale and Catherine Jones Keller of Elora; daughter, Shyanna Lasha Keller of Elora; sister, Stephanie Keller Cockerham of Flintville; grandmother, Sylvia Jones of Fayetteville; uncle, Timothy and Lori Jones of Limestone; aunts, Linda Black of Satsuma, Ala., Nancy and Dale Walker of Park City; nieces and nephews, Destany and Austin Owen, Sierra Harrison, Andrew Cockerham; several cousins and other family and friends. Graveside funeral services were Monday afternoon in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Frances Mardell Thompson McBay, 84, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday evening (Feb. 5, 2013) at Lincoln Care Center which she considered her home. A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Decie May Thompson. Mrs. McBay retired from Serbin Fashion after 34 years of service and was a lifelong member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Jean and husband, Kenny, of Kelso; a son, Dennis McBay and wife, Diana, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Christy Jean of Kelso, LeAnna Dendy and husband, Jason, of Hillsboro, Jana McBay of Fayetteville, Jay McBay of Fayetteville, Jeremy McBay of Fayetteville and Chase McBay of Fayetteville; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Dot O’Neal and husband, Bobby, of Fayetteville; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Annie Anderson. Funeral services were conducted Friday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Eldridge Snow and Don Gray officiating. Burial followed in Campbell Cemetery beside her husband, J.T. McBay, who passed away in 1995. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Ann Mills, 74, of Shelbyville, died Sunday (Feb. 3, 2013) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1938 in Lincoln County. She was a former day care teacher for Rainbow Day Care and a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Robert W. and Kathleen Adcock Shelton and the wife of the late Billy McCrady Mills. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Mills Howell; brothers, Cecil, Ray and Jimmy Shelton; and a sister, Jean Adams. She is survived by a daughter, Teresa Mills Baugher; a son, Jody (Jerri) Mills of Shelbyville; brothers, Robert Lee Shelton of Hemmet, Calif., Lonnie Shelton of Cornersville; sisters, Martha Wright, Connie Wright and Sue Darnell, all of Lewisburg; special friend, J.L. Groce of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, Chris, Tina, Jason, Travis, Hope, Matthew and Jessica; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tiffany, Makayla, Makenzie, Trevor, Jacob, Nikki, Christy, Jarrett and Caseon; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Hillcrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Frelan George officiating. Burial was in Unity Cemetery in the Howell Community. Hillcrest Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Blankenship Mitchell, 87, of Murray, Ky., formerly of Fayetteville, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013) at Spring Creek Health Care in Murray. She was a native of Paint Rock, Ala., on Feb. 12, 1925, to the late Walter Gray and Minnie Blankenship. Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed playing the guitar and singing and was a member of the Stewart’s Chapel Baptist Church. She is survived by three daughters, Gayle Mitchell of Gallatin, Mitzi Fawley and husband, Blair, of Springfield, Teresa Butler and husband, Dan, of Murray; four granddaughters, Haley Dickson of Springfield, Kelly Townsend of Florence, Ala., Erin Pugh and husband, Josh, of Goodlettsville, and Taylor Hopkins and husband, Chris, of Murray; a nephew, Grady Daniel, along with several other nieces and nephews who survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Mitchell, and one sister, Zelma Daniel. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery beside her husband, Taylor Mitchell. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Emma Sue Moore, 91, of Fayetteville, died Thursday (Feb. 7, 2013) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was born on April 15, 1921 in Madison County, Ala., to the late John Nelson and Willie Grayson Whitaker. Mrs. Moore was a homemaker and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Clifton E. Moore; sisters, Lucille Whitaker, Laura Shelton and Dean Taylor; brothers, Billy Whitaker and Don Whitaker; and great-grandchild, Katelyn Kennedy. She is survived by daughters, Linda and Willy Williams of Fayetteville, Brenda and Oscar Soler of Niceville, Fla., Jane and Chris Edwards of Fayetteville; son, Dale and Cheryl Moore of Fayetteville; sisters, Pearl and Harold Westbrook of Winchester, Mary Towry of Fayetteville, Jo and Joe Earl Caldwell of Rogersville; six grandchildren, Lee Anne and Doug Boeringer, Vanessa and Greg Taylor, Debbie and Larry Hill, Cristina and Brandon Kenney, Jeremy and Deonna Moore, David Edwards; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Gay officiating. Burial followed in Prospect Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Benton “Bobby” O’Neal, 81, of Fayetteville, died Saturday morning (Feb. 9, 2013) at St. Thomas Hospital. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. O’Neal was the son of the late Floyd and Grace Stubblefield O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal was a veteran of the Air Force, where he served in the Korean Conflict, was the owner and operator of O’Neal TV for 40 years and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Doris Marie Thompson O’Neal of Fayetteville; daughters, Diane (Gary) Brent of Nashville, Donna (Hank) Parker of LaVergne, Denise (Tim) Turvaville of Donelson; son, John (Cynthia) Boles of Flintville; grandchildren, Jason Mathis, Rob Mathis, Bud Boles, Robert Fleming, Danitta Bradford, Janna Sloan, David Moffett and Daniel Jackson; 12 great-grandchildren; several cousins; and beloved pets, Sandi and Buffy. He was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Danitta O’Neal. Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Higgins Funeral Home with Maurine Smith and Leo Smith officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Higgins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Martha Ann Rutledge, 74, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday morning (Feb. 6, 2013) at her residence after a battle with cancer. A native of Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late James Wiles and Mary Odell Groce. She was a cafeteria worker employed by the Moore County School System and was of the Baptist faith. Martha enjoyed fishing, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her puppy dogs and spending time sitting on her front porch enjoying the sunshine. She is survived by her husband, Fred Rutledge of Fayetteville; sons, James R. Rutledge and his wife, Brenda, of Statham, Ga., and Terry W. Rutledge and his wife, Donna, of Jefferson, Ga.; daughters, Donna R. Williams of Fayetteville, Tonna R. Eslick and her husband, Clayton, of Lynchburg and Patty Ann Richardson and her husband, Michael, of Fayetteville; sister, Sandra F. Young of Savannah, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way due Feb. 24; and several nieces and nephews and camping friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Jo Sasser. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Lynchburg Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Billions officiating. Burial followed in the Booneville Cemetery. For online guest registry, please visit www.lynchburgfuneralhome.com. Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary S. Smith, 87, of Fayetteville, died Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) at Lincoln Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 20, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late Carl Stephens and Jennie Ruth Coats Rhodes. Mrs. Smith was a seamstress for Serbin Manufacturing and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her stepfather, Ben Rhodes; husband, Bill Smith; and son, James William Smith, Jr. She is survived by sister, Sharon Rhodes of Albertville, Ala.; cousins, Juanita Towry and Bill Davidson, both of Fayetteville; and special friends, Janice King and Debbie Linville. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ronnie Glenn Tallman, 65, and a resident of Fayetteville, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2013) at his residence. Ronnie was born on May 23, 1947 in Lincoln County to the late J.W. and Sarah Rawls Tallman. He followed the path of Eckankar, a religion of light and sound of God. He enjoyed his life and liked to fish. His family will celebrate his life with private services at later date. You may share condolences with the family at the Heritage Funeral Home website www.TnFunerals.com. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family and in charge of the arrangements.
Glyndia Carrol McGehee Trent, 64, of Hazel Green, Ala., died Thursday (Feb. 7, 2013) at Huntsville Hospital. She was born on March 8, 1948 in Lincoln County to Willie Carrol and Willow Deen Allen McGehee of Mulberry. Mrs. Trent was employed by BASF and was of Baptist faith. She is preceded in death by brother, Lawrence McGehee; two grandchildren, Courtney McAbee and Chase Trent; and great-grandchild, Michael Thornton. Along with her parents, she is survived by husband, Randel Thomas Trent of Hazel Green; daughters, Willa Sue and Geary Power of Casa Grande, Ariz., Bobbie Carroll and Michael Acklin of Hazel Green; son, Burlin and Jennifer Emery of Ft. Hood, Texas; step-daughter, Melissa Gail Oliver of Henderson, Ky.; step-son, Randel Dwayne and Phyllis Trent of Henderson, Ky.; sister, Mary Partin of Mulberry; two brothers, Jerry and Terry McGehee of Flintville, Billy McGehee of Mulberry; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Langford officiating. Burial followed in Charity Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.